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updated 09/14/1994 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/14/1994 01:00AM

At Home With COUNTRY MUSIC'S HOTTEST STARS!

LIVIN' LARGE
When the music stops, the stars know how to kick back: Pam Tillis goes
fishing, Clint Black plays tourist, Travis Tritt sleeps late, Brooks &
Dunn roar, Suzy Bogguss babies her bouquets, and more 4

FAMILIES

Reba McEntire is country's reigning queen and most cheerfully driven
perfectionist 12

Alan Jackson calls his lake house the Real World, but his life there is
pure fairy tale 20

Vince Gill and his wife, Janis, and daughter Jenny make music at home
too—some of it pretty wacky 26

Tanya Tucker casts off her tabloid past for a fast-paced career as a
hardworking single mom 30

Randy Travis knows his personal life keeps people talking, but at home
in Hawaii, he couldn't care less 36

Waylon Jennings has traded in his outlaw ways for a mellower role as
husband and dad 40

A DAY IN THE LIFE
Running on caffeine and a mint chaw, Aaron Tippin builds his dream house
44

STYLE

Manuel puts the rhinestone in cowboy (and cowgirl) as country's most
colorful couturier 46

Maria Smoot artfully lops the locks and wins the hearts of Nashville's
best-tressed stars 59

Trisha Yearwood wanted "a bus that was just for me." So she designed
one, complete with queen-size bed, big-screen TVs, full kitchen and
shower 60

ROOTS

Ricky Van Shelton is a major star in Nashville, but back home in Grit,
Va., he's still Jenks and Eloise Shelton's teasable little rascal 62

Lorrie Morgan returns to the Rayman, where she grew up backstage with
Dad and the other Opry stars 68

Tracy Lawrence earned his first hits wielding a bat for Foreman (Ark.)
High School. At their old hangout, he and his baseball buddies reunite
with their coach 72

Sammy Kershaw was 12, fatherless and primed for trouble when local
bandleader J.B. Perry offered him another path. Back in Kaplan, La.,
Kershaw confronts, and begins to conquer, his past 74

Alison Krauss still loves to improvise in her parents' kitchen in
Champaign, Ill., with bluegrass guitarist John Pennell, her childhood
mentor 78

Lee Roy Parnell learned to swing—Texas-style—with a little help from his
"Uncle" Bob Wills 80

HARD TIMES

John Berry had a No. 1 single ("Your Love Amazes Me"), a new baby and
brain surgery all within 13 days last spring. Even more amazing: his
recovery 82

John and Audrey Wiggins found success as a duo just as they lost their
biggest fan, their dad 88

Joe Diffie was crushed in 1989 when his son was born with Down syndrome.
Since then, both have grown 90

FANTASTIC FANS
For Wynonna, and most country stars, kinship with fans is a joy of the
job 94

QUEENS OF COUNTRY
From Kitty and Patsy to Dolly and Emmylou, Nashville's enduring women
sing with a fervor and savvy all their own 96

MARTY'S TREASURES
"Keeper of the Stuff" Marty Stuart opens his cache of country
collectibles and shares his candid photos of famous friends 100

THE ULTIMATE HAT ACT
We help Neal McCoy and Mark Chesnutt top themselves 104

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